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Opportunity Finance Network Receives Largest Grant in 35-year History From Wells Fargo

$25M grant will target racial wealth gap and persistent poverty through Finance Justice Fund
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WASHINGTON June 21, 2021 /3BL Media/ --- Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) announced that Wells Fargo is committing a $25 million grant to its Finance Justice Fund to help tackle systemic barriers to capital in communities around the country.

'I Was Able to Focus on the Big Picture Again'

Small business owners like Roxanne Best have been able to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to low-interest loans from Northwest Native Development Fund and a grant from Wells Fargo’s Open for Business Fund.
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It's not until she says it out loud that Roxanne Best truly realizes all of the different jobs she does. “I always think, ‘Wow, how do I do all of that?” Best said. Years ago, she was a scuba diving instructor and filmed students’ underwater trips, developing a knack for photography and videography. She then worked for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation’s casino and started her photography business on the side. Eventually, it grew into her full-time job.

Native CDFI Awards Recognize Two CDFIs for Vision, Ingenuity in Responding to COVID-19-related Economic Crisis in Indian Country

Alaska’s Cook Inlet Lending Center and South Dakota’s Black Hills Community Loan Fund receive grants for work to support Native communities impacted by the pandemic
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WASHINGTON, November 10, 2020 /3BL Media/ — Last night, the Native CDFI Awards honored two Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs) — Cook Inlet Lending Center in Alaska and Black Hills Community Loan Fund in South Dakota — for their unique approaches to helping Native-owned small businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Impact Investing With Native Entrepreneurs in the Indigenous Economy

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March 1st Edition Overview: As I read through the articles for this March 1st edition by so many esteemed contributors, I am struck by the progress that we have made together in this field. Our work has led us all to consider individually and collectively the frameworks and practices necessary to implement a just transition with and for Indigenous Peoples. - Carla Fredericks, Guest Editor

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March 1st Edition Overview: As I read through the articles for this March 1st edition by so many esteemed contributors, I am struck by the progress that we have made together in this field. Our work has led us all to consider individually and collectively the frameworks and practices necessary to implement a just transition with and for Indigenous Peoples. - Carla Fredericks, Guest Editor

Indigenous Community Honours ‘Difference-Maker’

A role model: Indigenous & Community Relations liaison Peter Knight’s tireless community efforts recognized.
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Employee Earns Aboriginal Role Model Award

TransCanada walks the talk when it comes to Indigenous relations.

The company began practising proactive Indigenous engagement in 1989 — long before it became a regulatory requirement in Canada and a hot button issue with pipeline opponents.

First Nation Employee Proud of Her Heritage

TransCanada’s willingness to go above and beyond in Indigenous Relations led Donna to stick around.
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It’s been six years since Donna Semantha made a life changing decision that brought her and her family to Calgary.

Through a long-term community agreement between TransCanada and the Dene Tha’ First Nation in northern Alberta, two community members were relocated to Calgary in 2010 to gain experience in the oil and gas industry.

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